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    In the feeble light of a London winter, Joe Tiplady walks his dog in the snow. He is not alone. Two men are tracking him, as is a woman with wolf eyes. Soon Joe will find himself caught in a storm of violence and retribution that he does not yet understand.

    Around the world, a chain of events is in motion that will make Joe a priceless target. A retired Soviet general hunts for his missing daughter after a series of brutal murders. A ruthless assassin loses something so precious he will do anything to get it back. And in the mountains of Utah, a brilliant ex-CIA chief wrestles with his religion.

    In the shadow of them all lies Zoba, strongman ruler of Russia and puppet-master of the world's darkest operatives. Can Joe save himself from this dangerous web of power and revenge? Where can he run when there's nowhere left to hide?

    Please note: this book contains strong language and scenes of torture.

    ©2016 John Sweeney (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    • Lindyks3
    • 06/07/2016

    Hated it.

    What disappointed you about Cold?

    I don't like the violence and torture in it.

    What about Alan Smyth’s performance did you like?

    Alan did a fine job of reading the short amount I listened to.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do not like the type of violence and torture in it. Very chilling.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could return it for a refund. I have only listened to about 2 of the 12 hours it offers.

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    • tom schmitz
    • 09/07/2016

    hard to understand

    too complicated for me after listening to the whole book I still don't know what it's about

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    • Dubi
    • 01/03/2018

    Should Have Been Non-Fiction

    John Sweeney is a veteran British journalist who does not shy away from controversy -- he's been sued by the billionaire owners of a rival newspaper and fought on screen against Scientologists. He also helped exonerate innocent mothers convicted of murdering their own children, covered war zones (including some of those discussed in Cold), and reported about portions of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc (the main theme here).

    In the afterword to Cold (which will unfortunately come too late for some readers who will have a hard time finishing this book, judging by the plethora of one-star reviews), Sweeney lists the inspirations for Cold, including the real-life people on which he based ex-IRA bomber Joe Tiplady and ex-CIA agent Zeke Chandler, and the real-life background to some of the other threads in Cold.

    That is all quite interesting -- especially the portrayal of Russia as brutal criminal enterprise on a national (even international) scale. But as a work of fiction, it has serious flaws. Plot points are sometimes preposterous, the main characters are one-dimensional and all too disposable, the McGuffin is simultaneously telegraphed and trivial, the reveals are few and not all that illuminating, and the ending is jarringly abrupt, that after extended detailed flashbacks that are not directly part of the story.

    Journalist John Sweeney should have stayed in his wheelhouse and written a powerful fact-based expose of his primary targets rather than fictionalizing them, especially since his primary sources were real people with real stories. That would have made for quite a book. On the other hand, a non-fiction version would probably not have necessitated the superb Irish-accented narration of Alan Smyth.

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    • SarainAZ
    • 30/06/2017

    The best kind of surprise

    This is the best choice I've made from all the Kindle First books and it makes up for the other, disappointing choices and then some.
    An amazingly detailed and well-plotted story. The author's attention to detail and thorough research make for a novel that kept me up very late (the audible version of just one more chapter.) From the cold war to contemporary Russia, the book is an adventure of spy craft intrigue, the complexities of war, and political hubris. Added in are a little black dog and a guest apperance by some piranha, giving it enough wit to balance out some of the graphic scenes inherent to a great suspense novel.
    Alan Smyth give a stunning performance! He manages to portray each character's personality not only through accent but tempo of speech and a great deal of narrative talent. Some who reviewed the book on Amazon complained that it was slow and plodding. I wish those reviewers would listen to the book instead; Mister Smythe's narration would quickly end those complaints.
    Definitely looking forward to the second book in the series. Joe Tiplady is a man worthy of a series.

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    • J. S.
    • 20/07/2016

    Do some research

    If you're going to take potshots at the Mormons (and who doesn't these days), at a minimum you should at least get the pronunciation correct, let alone a basic understanding of how the Mormon church works.

    Besides that, the story has so many logical inconsistencies that it is difficult for anyone who has a modicum of intelligence not to get frustrated when listening. One of the worst books I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing.

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    • James Hopper
    • 19/07/2016

    Too graphic torture scene

    Too graphic torture scene. Deleted it. Too hard to follow. The Mormon stuff was interesting

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    • Garrett Lund
    • 19/07/2016

    No other word to use except BAD!

    What disappointed you about Cold?

    I was really anticipating listening to a good spy novel, however I was left extremely disappointed. I would think an author would do some research before publishing a novel. His references to Mormonism are way off. Besides the stereotypical things about Mormons (Salt Lake City, Utah, temple, missionaries, etc.) the author demonstrates very little knowledge about Mormon beliefs. That shows the author is deliberately trying to cast Mormons in a bad light or he is completely ignorant.

    The characters did not seem realistic whatsoever. They came across as cheesy and undeveloped. I could only stand listening to this book for about two hours. I wish I would have read other's reviews about this book.

    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sweeney again?

    Never!

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Smyth?

    Maybe. The Irish accent took some getting used to.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.

    Any additional comments?

    Watch out for the weird sexual torture scenes.

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    • LV 702
    • 04/08/2019

    GRIPPING

    This was a suspenseful page turner. Story kept me wondering where is it going. Starting with the
    strangers following you and stealing your dog. What’s it all about. We soon find out it is the stuff spy stories are made of. The story leads the main character Joe Tiplady all over the place into many unbelievable scrapes from which he must escape.. Lots of action and seat of you pants moments. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 31/07/2017

    Good thriller great performance

    Very enjoyable and engaging book. The narrator did a great job bringing the charchters to life

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    • brenda schleuning
    • 21/05/2017

    Bad

    This book was not good at all I listened to the first 6 chapters an marked as finished couldn't finish it